The Syracuse University School of Education has been awarded contracts from The New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education (OSE) to support three new projects:
These centers are part of the OSE Educational Partnership, a state-wide structure in which a community of practitioners will work collaboratively to support students, families, and educational organizations to build capacity and improve educational and post-educational outcomes for students with disabilities.
Guided by the NYSED Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities, the Mid-State RPC supports the OSE Educational Partnership through a coordinated, cohesive organization using Implementation Science, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), stakeholder buy-in, family and community engagement, evidence-based practices provided with fidelity and data-driven decision-making. Using these processes, we will create a system of support in which systemic change and improved outcomes and instructional practices for students with disabilities are possible.
The RPC provides regional learning opportunities, professional trainings and technical assistance to teachers, administrators, students and families in 51 school districts and over 30 early childhood programs in the Mid-State Region including the Syracuse City School District and the BOCES regions of Onondaga-Cortland-Madison, Cayuga-Onondaga, CiTi Oswego, and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga. As the Mid-State RPC, we work closely with the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers for both school-age and early childhood to create stakeholder groups of parents, school professionals, and community agencies to explore and plan for implementing changes within schools and programs that support students with disabilities. Our intensive partnership with the EC-FACE and SA-FACE Centers—experts in family engagement—leverages their work with community agencies to help schools and families utilize existing resources in the community and build capacity in a targeted and effective manner. As a regional team, the RPC assists FACE Centers in helping schools, districts, and community agencies to promote meaningful family involvement within the educational system and help to engage families.
The SA-FACE Center supports the OSE Educational Partnership in its mission to promote meaningful systems change, improve outcomes for students with disabilities aged 5-21, and build the capacity of districts and community agencies to improve family and community engagement.
The SA-FACE Center engages in systems-change work, providing a variety of supports including regional learning opportunities, targeted skills groups, and intensive partnerships. The SA-FACE Center provides technical assistance and professional development to a variety of stakeholders as determined through regional planning. The stakeholders for the SA-FACE Center include families of students age 5-21; community members; and staff of public school districts, approved private day and residential schools, Special Act schools, State-supported, and State-operated schools. Through this collaborative team approach, the SA-FACE Center also promotes meaningful family involvement within the educational system, build collaborative community relationships, and provide information and training about available service options and delivery systems for students aged 5-21. Families can also use the resource and referral services provided by the SA-FACE Center.
The EC-FACE Center engages in joint planning and implementation of training, technical assistance and professional development with the SA-FACE Center and the RPC. Through this collaborative team approach, the EC-FACE Center aligns its training, professional development, and technical assistance with the core principles of NYSED’s Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities to support families, early childhood programs, school districts, and community agencies.
The EC-FACE Center participates in the structure of the OSE Partnership that facilitates systems change efforts and sustainability of those changes within approved early childhood programs and agencies. The EC-FACE Center collaborates with the SA-FACE Center to align work and avoid duplication. Working together, the FACE Centers offer a continuum of support to stakeholders that is responsive and encompasses understanding of the special education process and meaningful family involvement throughout the education system. Collaboration and planning with the RPC and the SA-FACE Center promote capacity building through an intensive team approach that includes families of young children with disabilities and communities as valued partners. Meaningful family engagement and understanding of available early childhood service delivery options within the education system is the cornerstone of the work of the EC-FACE Center.